Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: Visa.com is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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RE: Completely disagree
by sorpigal on Wed 8th Dec 2010 17:51 UTC in reply to "Completely disagree"
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

Why was this modded down? You can hardly claim anyone speaking on this subject isn't a little flaimbaity, just by its nature, but that's no excuse to mod down topical, articulate statements of opinion.

Down mod != disagreement. It's what you do to bad actors who are putting up stuff that you think others should not read.

With that said I'd like to now respond to one of the poster's points:

If someone took all of your personal information and started putting EVERYTHING... every comment you made about someone, every action action you've committed etc., chances are you'd be very upset and fighting to get all of your personal information off.

Welcome to the future. Facebook is already doing this to the extent possible. It is more true than ever that if you don't want something to be a matter of public record, keep it to yourself. Is this right? Perhaps not. Should it be legal? There are many reasons to say "No!" But, there will always be people who care little for what is technically fair and legal and who have the capacity to look up dirt on you. If there's anything to find about you that's negative someone will find it and will react to you based on it. Governments should be less exempt than most, not more.

Welcome to the tip of the iceberg.

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RE[2]: Completely disagree
by boldingd on Thu 9th Dec 2010 00:15 in reply to "RE: Completely disagree"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Why was this modded down? You can hardly claim anyone speaking on this subject isn't a little flaimbaity, just by its nature, but that's no excuse to mod down topical, articulate statements of opinion.

Down mod != disagreement. It's what you do to bad actors who are putting up stuff that you think others should not read.


As has been often said of late, welcome to OSNews.

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RE[3]: Completely disagree
by sorpigal on Fri 10th Dec 2010 13:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Completely disagree"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I've been on osnews for five years. It wasn't always this bad. It shouldn't be this way. I think it's necessary to speak up now and then to remind incensed readers that modding should be dispassionate.

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